Big Brother drops 150,000 viewers on third outing as Ten shows also slip

The third outing of Big Brother on Nine saw its audience dramatically fall off, with only 777,000 tuning in at 8.40pm for the 90-minute show. The launch of the reality series drew an audience of 1.067m dropping off to 924,000 on its second outing.

It had a lead-in of 1.249m with The Block Glasshouse, which also won the night and helped Nine to a winning audience share of 22.3 per cent, overnight OzTam metro TV ratings show.

Ten saw a number of key programs shedding audiences, including The Bachelor, Wonderland and Extant.

The Bachelor was watched by 741,000, down from 863,000 last week. It was Ten’s most watched show, and was the third most watched show across all demographics with Nine’s The Block and Big Brother the most popular shows across all demographics.

The channel’s local drama series Wonderland also shed its audience, posting a series low of 478,000 after climbing to 536,000 last week.

Extant saw its audience drop off following a modest increase last week. The show, which airs at 9.40pm and stars Halle Berry, was watched by 178,000 down from last week’s 187,000. It finished behind, amongst others, 7Mate’s Beverley Hills Pawn (202,000), 7Two’s A Touch of Frost (289,000) and Go’s movie Die Another Day (258,000). Last week’s double episodes of the series was watched by an extra 122,000 and 131,000 taking the episodes total audience to 308,000 and 263,000 respectively.

The Project, which in its second half was watched by 725,000, and Family Feud, which is simulcast across Ten, One and Eleven and had an audience of 642,000, helped Ten grab an audience share of 13.2 per cent, beating the ABC’s share of 11.2 per cent. Seven had the second largest share of the evening with 19.7 per cent.

ABC’s comedy show Utopia boosted its audience, after posting a series low last week. The comedy show drew an audience of 614,00 up from last week’s episode of 566,000.  Last week’s episode was the most time-shifted show of the week, with an extra 138,000 watching the episode, taking its total audience to 708,000.

Reality Check, hosted by Tom Ballard, continues to shed viewers, with only 407,000 viewers tuning in, down from last week’s audience of 411,000.

Seven had a solid night, with Border Security – Australia’s Front Line watched by 850,000 and The Force – Behind the Line drawing an audience of 841,000. Criminal Minds, at 8.30pm, was watched by 762,000, not far behind Nine’s Big Brother audience of 777,000.

In the news battleground, Seven News won with 1.091m tuning in from 6pm and 995,000 from 6.30pm. Nine News at 6pm had an audience of 1.077m, growing it slightly at 6:30pm to 1.090m.

Top 15 shows:

  1. The Block Glasshouse Nine 1.249m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.091m
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.090m
  4. Nine News Nine 1.077m
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight Seven 955,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 961,000
  7. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 850,000
  8. The Force – Behind the Line Seven 841,000
  9. Home and Away Seven 822,000
  10. Big Brother Nine 777,000
  11. ABC News ABC1 767,000
  12. Criminal Minds Seven 767,000
  13. The Bachelor Ten 741,000
  14. The Project 7PM Ten 725,000
  15. 7.30 ABC1 670,000

Wednesday night’s share:

  • Nine 22.3%
  • Seven 19.7%
  • TEN 13.2%
  • ABC1 11.2%
  • 7TWO 6.3%
  • GO! 5.9%
  • 7mate 4.1%
  • SBS ONE 3.8%
  • ELEVEN 3.1%
  • Gem 3.0%
  • ABC2 2.8%
  • ONE 2.4%
  • ABC News 24 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.7%
  • Network ABC3 0.6%
  • NITV 0.1%

Data OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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